Weddings happens once in the life of a marrying couple, so it's understandable that both parties will plan every part of the whole day into perfection. In order to make your wedding day spectacular, you’ll need to make a few important decisions along the way. Among the biggest choices you’ll have to make is to the right wedding venue. With so many things to keep track of, checking a big ticket item off your list like finding a venue can seem like it would be easy. Unfortunately there are a lot of important things to consider before choosing your wedding venue.
For me, as a photographer, I think that wedding venue is more than just a place where you host a wedding. The venue will be the central part of creating the atmosphere at your wedding. You would not believe the impact a venue has on the quality of your photos. All wedding venue definitely has its pros and cons. As a photographer, we like scouting or searching the location before hand, as well as learning about the perfect views. I find it really helpful to know where we're going, have an idea of a few positions for shots and to know how the light might come into play. We're lucky if the place is a popular one and we have captured more that one wedding in that place because twe usually know where we must go and what we must do to get the winning shots - like for example, to go behind the big iconic flower pots just before the fireworks go off or up on the roof during the holy matrimony. It's our job to do that.
However, talking about the venues for the bride and groom is a consideration to be made on an entirely different level because your wedding venue is a place more notable than simply a place where you "host your party" but actually a place where you are making history. That place will forever be the place where the new chapter of your life begin. That's historical. So choose wisely!
She wanted a fairytale wedding and he wanted to be blessed at the Cathedral. So, after tying the knot in a sacred ceremony at the grandest church in Jakarta on the 8th of November 2016, Indonesian celebrity couple, Harvey and Sandra, celebrated their union with a dreamy reception at the happiest place on Earth, Disneyland in Tokyo.
Sandra looked breathtakingly beautiful in her white gown. If we didn’t know any better, we’d thought that it was really Cinderella and her Prince Charming riding on their royal car toward the magnificent castle, because their reception was held in Cinderella’s castle indeed. Everything at their wedding looked like a page out of a fairytale book, including the footmen that followed after them. As Sandra threw flower petals from the car, they were witnessed by the visitors of Tokyo Disneyland and they were so loved… Not just by little girls who might have begun to weave dreams of their wedding day, but also by women alike, who still kept a little dream for romantic fairy tales alive in the corner of their hearts.
“Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
If I thought for just one moment that this would be my last breath, I'd tell you I'll love you forever, even beyond death.
If I thought for just one moment that your face would be the last I'd see, I'd take a million pictures and save them just for me.
If I thought for just one moment that your voice would be the last I'd hear, I'd listen attentively and promise not to shed a tear.
I haven’t been married long enough to feel confidence in giving out relationship advices. So, I will tell you about the advice I got from someone much wiser than me, with twenty years worth of marital experience, which I strongly hold on to in my own marriage.
The purpose of marriage is oneness, for two people to become one. And that’s mostly talking about being committed. A marriage should be bigger than any feelings you might have. You might feel crazy in love on one day that you can’t bear the thought of being a part, and on other days, you feel so fed up that you can’t wait to be away. Love may come and go, depending on the happenings of the day. But love is really in the will, not in the emotion. And when you commit to love, even on your worst days, you will never want to go away. You will stay, simply because you have made a commitment.
Love is like a building. First, you need to build it, then you need to maintain it. Abandon a building and it will deteriorate quickly, even if you don't do anything destructive to it. But when you maintain it, it will remain in good condition. And when you invest in regular upgrades and renovations, no matter how minor it is, it will be improved. Marriage is kind of like that too. Abandon it and it will deteriorate. Invest in it - by going out of your routines once in a while to give some spark in your marriage - and your marriage will flourish.
As a photographer, I have gotten used to being the “external party” at events, and so when I get to see a lot of familiar faces, I get really excited. Familiar faces makes the place feel like home - like I’m among friends. Just like on Geraldo and Erin’s wedding day. I met Erin’s sister when she was doing her pre-wedding portraits with me. I’m honored that Erin chose me to capture her wedding later on. And in between the conversations I had with Geraldo, the groom, I learned that I covered the wedding of HIS UNCLE (This is so depressing and it’s not even funny how old I am!) There were so many familiar faces, some have stories hidden and the atmosphere get much more intimate.
This made me reflect a little about how small our world is and how important it is to always be mindful of our actions. We meet all kinds of people in life. People from different upbringings, from different lifestyles and from different background. Strangers, colleagues, acquaintances, friends… you will never know what role they’d be playing in your life later on. They can start off as completely random people you meet in a cafe one day and over time, they turn out to be one of the best friends you’ve ever had in your life. Or maybe a business partner. Or maybe even someone you’d want to spend the rest of your life with. We’ll never know. That’s the secret the universe keeps from us.
Although you may not agree with everyone you meet and you may not like them, that’s never an excuse to treat people without kindness. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” So be kind, because that’s what people will remember and we all want to be remembered in a positive way. The world is small and everyone is connected to everyone else. So always be kind and polite. Always show courtesy and always treat people like they are your friends, even if you don’t know them very well. You never know who they know, who they are, and what part they will play in your future.
Today I woke up next to my husband/best friend/partner in life. We got married last Saturday in Bali. It was beautiful. We were surrounded by our loved ones and we had a really good time. To sum up it up:
Everything was perfect.
Kalvin and I prayed for a good weather, and God granted our prayers. Ever since we arrived in Bali, not a drop of rain fell. The weather was perfect. We heard from others that it was raining in Seminyak area, but somehow, there was not a single drop of rain in our wedding venue, Uluwatu.
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